Glion students discuss successful group work

Recently, we have been chatting with students currently undertaking Applied Business Projects (ABPs). These projects involve our students forming teams and partnering with a local or international hospitality organisation, ready to face and solve a particular challenge within the business.

Pier-Louis, Tran Hien Dat, Urangoo and Mazen have joined forces to assist Swiss-based Sporthotel Knobelboden. However, they are not the only Glion students involved – a second group consisting of Shumpei, Loic, Jamal and Adil are also working with the hotel. The two teams spoke to us about choosing their teams and working together effectively.

Picking the right team

The students – all part of the International Hotel Development and Finance specialisation – were allowed to form their own teams, something they all feel is beneficial. “I think it’s a good idea that Glion let us choose our groups, as we could then choose people that we get along with. We can collaborate better,” Jamal said. “We have better compatibility that way and can talk frankly with each other.”

Mazan agrees. “Usually, the teammates all have the same hobbies and activities outside of class, so the communication is much simpler,” he said. Pier-Louis has already worked with some of his current project partners, so he knows what they are capable of. “If you’ve already worked on a project with them before, it is easier,” he said. “For example, I had many projects with Tran in the past, so I know how he works.”

Staying motivated

In terms of separating the tasks, Jamal says they have a great way of working. “We sit down and split the tasks equally,” he said. “Loic usually does an overview in the beginning and lists down the tasks. Then, each person from the group takes one. Loic and Pier-Louis are the leaders of the groups. They are the ones that make sure the whole team stays motivated and efficient.”

Pier-Louis says it starts with a discussion. “We usually have a brainstorming session to begin with,” he said. “From that, we put our ideas together and then separate the roles.”

This semester has allowed us to use the knowledge we have learned, but we are also learning new things in parallel with doing the project

Great support

Despite being in two separate groups, the teams are working closely together. “We share insights with one another,” Mazan said. “We sometimes even do the meetings together in order to support each other.”

The students come from different countries. Pier-Louis is French and Italian, Adil is from Azerbaijan, Mazen is from Lebanon, Urangoo is from Mongolia, Loic is from Brazil, Tran is from Vietnam and Shumpei is from Japan. For the future, Loic and Pier-Louis are interested in pursuing a financial career, while Mazen is seeking a career in consultancy.

Both groups believe that Glion has helped them prepare for the ABP, as well as life after their studies. “Yes, we get a lot of knowledge,” Jamal said. “For example, the guest speakers we have are great. They come from many different companies and always have valuable things to say.” Urangoo is also feeling the benefit of doing the ABP. “This semester has allowed us to use the knowledge we have learned, but we are also learning new things in parallel with doing the project,” she said.

Pier-Louis and the rest of his team received support from their tutor, Jackson Dang. “He is a very good tutor,” Jackson said. “He gives us straight-to-the-point information, which I think is amazing. He motivates us to push the boundaries and work harder.” Urangoo agrees. “He gives us constant support all the time and helps us work efficiently.”

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